Applying to Pathway to the PhD

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The Pathway to the PhD (P2P) program is a 3-week mentored, hands-on, research-intensive experience for juniors and sophomores that runs during the January break for UMass Boston undergraduates interested in careers in biomedical research.

For 2024, the program will run from January 2 to January 19.

Admission is by application using our online application.


The application deadline for the current year is October 18, 2023.

Online Application

Apply using our online application.

Preference given to juniors and sophomores; freshmen are not eligible.

Required Application Documents

  • one letter of recommendation from a faculty member who knows you, although submitting two letters of recommendation will strengthen your application
  • a personal statement covering your interest in biomedical research and the P2P program, career goals, relevant experience
  • a diversity statement detailing your commitment and/or contribution to diversity to the biomedical sciences
  • a GPA of 3.2 and above is recommended but not required

P2P applicants will be notified by November 9, 2023.

Immunizations & Health Records Documentation

Immunization and health records for accepted students should be ready for review by November 16, 2023 and all students must be cleared by 12/30/2023.

Students will be informed to schedule an appointment with Tufts Medical Center’s Employee Health Services. Flu vaccination (within 3 months of the January program) and COVID documentation along with Immunization records for all accepted students must be ready to be presented to Tufts Medical Center Employee Health Services, ASAP after this date. A list of customary immunizations can be found on the program application.  Employee Health confirm all that will be needed.

For information on the P2P program, contact Aimee Shen, PhD, Program Director.

For information on the application process, contact Kimberly Burke, Program Administrator.